Pennsylvania State Rep Files Resolution Calling for ‘State Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer’ to Atone for Coronavirus Pandemic

Borowicz’s proposed legislation borrows language from a similar resolution passed by President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War in April 1863…

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A Newsweek article by Jeffrey Martin reported on a PA state representative calling for a day of prayer, fasting and humiliation.

Pennsylvania State Representative Stephanie Borowicz has called for her state to recognize March 30, 2020 as “A State Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer” in a resolution introduced to Pennsylvania’s General Assembly on Monday.

“During the pandemic of 2020 and the ensuing uncertainty and anxiety of this time, Pennsylvanians may be comforted by turning to a day of humiliation, fasting and prayer,” Borowicz wrote in legislation which also said the coronavirus pandemic may be a “punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins.”

However, Borowicz’s resolution does not explicitly state that the prayers of Pennsylvanians will cure the coronavirus. Instead, “the united cry of the nation will be heard on high and answered with blessing no less than the pardon of our national sins and the restoration of our new divided and suffering country to its former happy condition of unity and peace.”

Newsweek reached out to Borowicz’s office for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

Pennsylvania State Representative Stephanie Borowicz introduced legislation Monday for a statewide “day of humiliation, fasting and prayer” in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Borowicz’s proposed legislation borrows language from a similar resolution passed by President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War in April 1863 in which the entire nation was called to devote themselves to religious ceremonies instead of “their ordinary secular pursuits” for a day.

In 2019, Borowicz drew criticism for an opening prayer at the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in which she asked God’s forgiveness on the same day as the swearing-in of Representative Movita Johnson-Harrell, the first Muslim woman to be elected to the state’s legislature.

House Minority Whip Jordan Harris said in a statement at the time that Borowicz’s prayer was “divisive.”

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